An abundance of whole basil leaves joins chicken and fiery red chiles for a quick, delicious,and decidedly spicy stir-fry. Holy basil is the most authentic choice, but any variety will do.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a medium bowl, combine the chicken with the fish sauce, soy sauce, water, and sugar.In a large nonstick frying pan or a wok, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the chiles and garlic; cook, stirring, 30 seconds longer.

Step 2

Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon and add it to the hot pan. Cook until almost done, stirring, about 3 minutes. Add the marinade and cook 30 seconds longer. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of the basil. Serve topped with the remaining 1/2 cup basil.

Step 3

Wine Recommendation: Look for a rich but dry white wine, such as a pinot gris from the Alsace region in France.

Step 4

Notes: Asian fish sauce is available at Asian markets and many supermarkets

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Ratings & Reviews

cjbuddy's Review

July 30, 2010
Easy stir-fry! Added thinly sliced red bell pepper and used jalapeno as I couldn't find the red chilies. Served over jasmine rice and drizzled a bit or siracha over it. Will make again for sure!

HomeCookinFirst's Review

April 27, 2010
We are a BIG fan of Thai food and this one hits it out of the park! If you can find real Thai basil you will not believe the intense flavor it delivers compared to Italian basil.

Robinl929's Review

December 18, 2009
Really good and easy! I used chicken thighs and served over rice. A keeper for a weeknight meal.